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Bachelor of Science in

This program prepares students for careers with the National Weather Service, the U.S. military, airlines and in broadcasting, along with the option for advanced studies.

Accurate weather forecasting can literally save lives. From hurricane hunting to severe storm prediction, meteorologists play an important role in today’s society.

Embry-Riddle’s Bachelor of Science in Meteorology program prepares students for fascinating careers in the National Weather Service, the U.S. military, commercial operations, aviation companies and broadcasting. Students may also move on to advanced studies in atmospheric sciences.

Embry-Riddle students have the unique ability to focus on aviation-related careers if desired. Students combine theory with valuable hands-on experience to ensure they’re career-ready.

Our students benefit from both direct access to experienced faculty as well as state-of-the-art weather forecasting and observational equipment, all brought together in a small class setting. Students can also complement their studies with certifications or operations-focused minors that cover a variety of topics such as airline dispatching and operations, computational mathematics, flight, defense studies, unmanned aircraft systems science, communication and broadcast media, geographic information systems, and emergency management.

Meteorology graduates depart with a deep understanding of weather analysis, data collection, forecasting, and much more. Our degree program meets the guidelines set by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), National Weather Service, and U.S. Air Force - ensuring our graduates have the professional skills necessary for immediate productivity.

Additionally, students can join co-curricular activities to enhance their college experience, with options such as the Weather Club or student chapter of the American Meteorological Society. These activities offer valuable networking opportunities at professional gatherings, including international meteorological seminars and conventions.


About Meteorology at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

Students who are passionate about weather have an opportunity to study all aspects of it in the Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. As part of the program, students explore and research a variety of atmospheric challenges ranging in scale from climate change to tornadoes in our world-class meteorology lab. This lab is complete with a full broadcast studio that features the same professional graphics-generation system used at numerous local television stations throughout the country.

The Bachelor of Science in Meteorology is housed in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences in the College of Aviation.  Embry-Riddle is one of a few universities in the U.S. that offers meteorology coursework approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for use in its airline dispatcher program. Students also have the ability to pair their meteorology major with powerful operations-focused minors to give them an edge over their competition.  These minors include: Communications and Broadcast Media, Airline Operations, Computational Mathematics, Geographic Information Systems, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science, and Emergency Management.

The Meteorology degree meets all American Meteorological Society guidelines for B.S. in Meteorology as well as all U.S. Office of Personnel Management (e.g., National Weather Service) Qualification Standards for a meteorologist. Graduates will be competitive for professional careers in university research, government/military weather operations, broadcasting, and private industry.

The typical first year Meteorology student will study General Education and Physical Science courses such as English composition, Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics, along with Survey of Meteorology.

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